The best fire in winter is made up of exercise, and the poorest of whiskey. He that keeps warm on liquor is like a man who pulls his house to pieces to feed the fireplace.
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Source Notes: In Plain and Pleasant Talk about Fruits, Flowers, and Farming ("Almanac for the Year: Work for January") (1859), and reprinted in Beecher As a Humorist: Selections from the Published Works of Henry Ward Beecher, ed. Eleanor Kirk (1887).
Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 - March 8, 1887) was a theologically liberal American Congregationalist clergyman and reformer, and author who was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the eighth of nine children of Lyman Beecher by his first wife (and the eighth of thirteen children in all). One of his elder sisters was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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